Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Prediction: Chattogram Challengers vs Dhaka Platoon, Eliminator
January 13, 2020, Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Chattogram Challengers will take on Dhaka Platoon on the Eliminator of BPL 2019-20 at Shere Bangla Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Monday.
Chattogram Challengers, aided by a brilliant start to the season, won 8 of their 12 games to finish the league stage on 3rd place in the table. Meanwhile, Dhaka Platoon finished fourth with 14 points.
However, both the teams have momentum against them going into this knockout clash which will see the winner take on Khulna Tigers or Rajshahi Royals. Both Challengers and Dhaka lost their last league game.
However, Chattogram Challengers have the edge going into this BPL clash, having beaten Dhaka Platoon on both the occasions in the group stage. However, a knockout game is a different ball game altogether.
Chattogram Challengers performance in BPL 2019-20:
Chattogram Challengers will be looking to field their strongest combination for this knockout game. Mahmudullah and co. suffered eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Rajshahi Royals. With the experienced players like Chris Gayle, Imrul Kayes and Mahmudullah, the side will need to put in a big performance with the bat in this contest.
In their last round-robin match, Challengers suffered heavy defeat against Rajshahi Royals at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Chadwick Walton and Nurul Hasan have contributed well to the team’s cause in this year’s competition.
On the bowling front, the side will be relying on the pace duo of Mahedi Hasan Rana and Rubel Hossain. Rana is their highest-wicket taker, having taken 17 wickets at an average of 12.29 with two four-wicket hauls. He is the third highest wicket in the competition.
Dhaka Platoon performance in BPL 2019-20:
Dhaka Platoon could be in for a big blow ahead of their eliminator. Uncertainty looms over the availability of captain Mashrafe Mortaza. Following an injury while fielding against Khulna Tigers in the final group game on Saturday (January 11), Mortaza was forced to have 14 stitches on his left hand. He is unlikely to recover and take the field on Monday.
Mashrafe Mortaza-led unit have suffered from inconsistency throughout the competition. The side has managed to win only seven games out of twelve played so far this season.
In their last match, the likes of Mominul Haque and Mahedi Hasan delivered splendid half-centuries to see Dhaka post a mammoth 205 runs on the board but bowlers failed to make early inroads with the new-ball and conceded a lot of runs in the first 10 overs. The side will rue that fact they failed to defend such a huge total in their final round-robin game.
Therefore, the team management will be focused on an improved bowling performance in this knockout game against Chattogram Challengers.
Tamim Iqbal has been a consistent performer for the side so far in this year’s competition. He has scored 393 runs in 11 matches at an average of 44.33 with three half-centuries to his name. Left-hander will be eyeing a big innings in this Eliminator game against Chattogram Challengers.
Mominul Haque is also having a decent tournament with the bat with 266 runs at an average of 44.33.
In the bowling department, the focus will be on premier off-spinner Mahedi Hasan, who is currently the leading wicket-taker for Dhaka Platoon with 11 wickets in 12 matches at an economy rate of 6.95.
Chattogram Challengers vs Dhaka Platoon, Eliminator predicted X1:
Chattogram Challengers: Chris Gayle, Junaid Siddique, Imrul Kayes, Chadwick Walton, Mahmudullah, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mehedi Hasan Rana, Rayad Emrit, Rubel Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Ziaur Rahman
Dhaka Platoon: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Mominul Haque, Thisara Perera, Asif Ali, Jaker Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Ariful Haque, Hasan Mahmud
Of the 8 games played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka during the third phase of BPL 2019-20, 4 games were won by the team batting first while the other 4 were won by team chasing the total.
Of the 8 games played at the venue in the beginning of BPL 2019-20, 5 teams won while chasing.
154 was the average 1st inning score at the venue during those 8 games.
During the 8 games played in the 2nd phase at the venue, 3 games were won by the team batting first while 3 were b the team chasing the total.
163 was the average 1st inning score at the venue during those 8 games.
BPL 2019-20 Chattogram Challengers vs Dhaka Platoon: Predictions
- Tamim Iqbal has scored 393 runs in 11 matches at an average of 44.33 with three half-centuries to his name and is Dhaka Platoon’s leading run-scorer.
- Imrul Kayes has scored 405 runs in 11 games at an average of 57.85 and is currently Chattogram Challengers leading run-getter. He has scored 4 half centuries – the most.
- Mehedi Hasan Rana has picked 17 wickets in 8 games and is 3rd in the BPL 2019-20 bowling charts.
- Chattogram Challengers won both their league clashes against Dhaka Platoon.
- Imrul Kayes scored 54* runs against Dhaka Platoon earlier this season.